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The soul mirror : a novel of the Collegia Magica
Carol Berg
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From Publishers' Weekly:

This lavish quasi-Renaissance fantasy, a worthy sequel to 2010's The Spirit Lens, traces "plain, plodding, rational" Anne de Vernase's multipronged quest to discover her sister's killer, clear her beloved father's name, rescue her brother from unspeakable torment, and heal her mother's madness. Caught up in the swirling Machiavellian plots of Sabria's glittering court, in a land barely recovered from the fearful Blood Wars, Anne gradually learns whom to trust, only to discover her own latent magical talents and a strange, powerful romance. Berg's characters return to vivid life, especially Zorro-like Lord Ilario, a court fool turned dashing masked swordsman, and former librarian Portier, kin to Sabria's king and possible human sacrifice. Berg refreshes and reinvigorates the familiar trappings of epic fantasy, shaping a novel that rings true both linguistically and imaginatively. This is one to savor. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Magically untalented and happy for it, Anne de Venase finds herself in a royal dilemma when she discovers the king has slated her for a political marriage. The sudden death of her sister, a student of magic, plunges Anne into a maelstrom of intrigue and deadly sorcery as she must accept her sister's magical legacy to prevent a disaster of worldwide proportions. Berg's second series installment (after The Spirit Lens) tells a complex story of science versus magic and of one woman's determination to maintain her integrity while embracing an alien knowledge. VERDICT Berg brings life and grace to a story of magic and politics that should appeal to the author's fans as well as lovers of -Renaissance-style fantasy. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Portier de Savin-Duplais
King of Sabria's new agente confide; charged to investigate an attempted murder.

Ilario de Sylvae
Laughingstock of Sabria's court; fellow agent of Savin-Duplais.

Brooding, brilliant young sorcerer; heretical ideas; penchant for violence.

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